WIth one month to go, candidates have only 2 major campaign finance reports of consequence- the 8 Day report and the 30 Day reports, the latter of which are now being released. While the full report is not yet available on the TEC (which doesn't post the PDFs until all candidats have filed) we have the following numbers via press release.
Bill White reported raising more than $4.68 million in the last fundraising period between July 1 and September 23. More than 80 percent of contributions that period were of $100 or less, and about 97 percent of individual contributions came from Texans.The campaign ended the period with $2.75 million on hand.
Online donations made up 65% of individual contributions for this reporting period.To date, the White campaign has raised over $21.3 million from over 25,000 donors since launching his gubernatorial campaign.
For comparison purposes, here are White's numbers from the mid-summer semi-annual report.
|Bill White Report||Raised||Spent||Cash on Hand|
|30 Day Out||$4,680,000||$10,975,425*||$2,750,000|
*estimated spending based upon previous CoH+Raised to arrive at current CoH
Now, the drop in Cash on Hand is to be expected, especially if it includes media buys that have yet to run; we'll know more once the full reports are out. Otherwise Team White has spent nearly $11 million to move the polls about a point.
Update 1: Libertarian Kathie Glass reported raising $61,000 of which $35,000 is self-made loans. She's spend $39,000 and has $22,000 on hand.
Update 2: Republican Rick Perry reported raising $8.2 millin with $10 million cash on hand. It appears from reports that White's cash on hand is lower because of TV time already reserved and paid for, which Perry's number may not fully include resulting in the seemingly lopsided numbers. Phil will have more later on this point.